Alford Academy students who currently go to Nescol – update.

NESCOL – Update for students taking part in the school college link programme.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE WORK (DURING COVID-19): Information for Local Authorities, Teachers, & Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
Directed by evolving national guidance, North East Scotland College continues to take positive action to continue to deliver key services. Although face-to-face teaching was suspended on Monday 16th March, the delivery of teaching and support has moved on line. Whilst our campuses have closed to students, staff and visitors, the College’s work continues and we are committed to ensure that all our students stay connected to us and their peers, and that they continue to work with us during these very challenging circumstances.
All pupils have a College email account which they access by using their Student ID number. They can email their lecturers or the Schools Liaison Team if they have any questions about course work, their progress or if they wish support. If pupils do not know their Student ID number or password, the Schools Liaison Team can assist them if they email
Pupils are also able to communicate with their lecturers, access course materials and submit coursework and assessments through the use of Blackboard.
The link to blackboard –
Pupils sign in with their student and normal password.
For those that have not accessed Blackboard yet password support is available via this link –
It is important that you let us know if there are any pupils who may be struggling to access resources online due to data limitations or lack of access to a device. Contact the Schools Liaison Team ASAP on
Pupils can also access a range of support services relevant to their needs. For example:
IT Support: how to log in, how to save work securely, how to keep safe online etc..
Curriculum Support: digital learning hints & tips, finding the materials you need, understanding subject specific content, how to complete & submit
course work, how to engage effectively with others online, developing study skills, referencing, preparation for assessment etc..
Additional Support for Learning: we have curriculum and support staff who can arrange online support sessions tailored to individual need.
Next Steps Guidance and Advice: staff are available to discuss courses and funding options for our 20/21 intake.
Please contact the Schools Liaison Team on any of the above. Please encourage pupils to do the same.
Guidance and deadlines for completing course work are available on Blackboard. Despite the disruption to face-to-face teaching, staff remain committed to ensure pupils have every opportunity to complete their award. Although exams have been cancelled, assessments have not. It is very important that pupils complete their course work as this will be used by lecturers to evaluate performance. Pupils should check Blackboard for further details appropriate to their course.
Please be reassured that College staff are working continuously with all Awarding Bodies to agree a way forward to ensure a sound certification model for 2019/20. Further information will be provided once this model has been agreed.
We are still accepting and processing applications for all our full time and part time courses! Pupils interested in our full time offer should access our website for further information and details on how to apply
If pupils and/or parents or guardians are seeking help and advice about full time study options, they can access information from staff in our Student Advice Centre
For pupils who have already applied to one of our full time courses and have not heard from us yet – please be assured that we are on it! College staff are able to process applications remotely and applicants will get details on what happens next very soon. Face to face interviews will not take place. If an interview is essential, these will be completed online or by telephone.
For Full Time Exceptional Entry applicants, to avoid undue delay, applications are being processed without the customary consent forms being submitted at this moment in time. Relevant forms will be completed at a later date.
As a result of the exam diet being cancelled, where pupils have received a conditional offer based on the achievement of Highers/National 5s or similar, we will be accepting any close equivalents.
Applications for School College Links programmes will be dealt with as usual, via our School Links page on the website.
Applications for our Supported Learning Programmes can be downloaded from our website and submitted via email to the Schools Liaison Team.
We’ll be in touch! As valued partners, the College is keen to maintain and extend the successful delivery of school/College provision. We hope you have found the information above useful. All of us at NESCol are working hard to ensure no student is disadvantaged as a result of this difficult situation we all find ourselves in. PLEASE PASS IT ON TO PUPILS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS! PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH!

Nescol – College link courses

Nescol – Gallowgate and Altens

Dear Students,

Following the latest advice issued by the UK and Scottish governments this evening, NESCol can confirm additional measures in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 9am on Tuesday (March 17) face to face teaching at the College will be suspended. Alternative methods of delivery are being finalised. Students are not required to attend but premises will remain open to students until Friday (March 20) for those who require access.

Updates and guidance will continue to be provided by email to students and staff, through, College social media channels and MyNescol.

Pupils should attend school on Wednesday’s and follow their timetabled classes. Work for college should be carried out in study time and at home.

Please use the following guidelines in order to access work for college courses.


The link to blackboard –


They sign in with their student and normal password.


For those that have not accessed Blackboard their password would be initials and date of birth format:

WwDDMMYY example Ww050391

S3 into S4 Course Choice form

S3 pupils now have their S4 course choice forms for session 2020-2021.

Following feedback from parents who attended the course choice evening in December, the above information evening will be repeated at Alford Academy.

You are invited to a Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday 11 February at 5:30pm in the Academy. During this evening, there will be presentations on the planned S4-S6 curriculum, local job market intelligence, employability skills, flexible career pathways in Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships and Work Placement Apprenticeships and one-day-a-week College courses in partnership with Nescol.

Information from North East Scotland College, The Robert Gordon University, Skills Development Scotland and SRUC will be given to highlight flexible routes into employment and to help you to support your child to get “on the right route to the right job, through the right course via the right information”.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will attend and will be available for questions at the end of the evening. The Information Evening is likely to finish at 6:15pm.

This evening is open to all parents of S3, S4 and S5 pupils.

The course choice forms for S3, S5 and S6 pupils will be distributed to pupils very soon.

Alford Senior Phase S3 into S4 2020-21


Preparation for Higher Exams – NESCol

North East Scotland College are pleased to again be offering “Preparation for Higher Exam Classes” in Maths and Sciences.

These courses will run over eight 2.5 hour evening sessions in the weeks leading up to the final exams at City Campus, Aberdeen.

Candidates will work in small groups to practice exam-style questions. Coaching will be provided to help candidates improve the way to approach a range of questions. We will also provide short lessons covering aspects of the curriculum that have been identified as poorly answered in previous exams.

Courses are available in chemistry, biology, physics and maths and cost is £52 for each 8 week course.

Further details are available on the links below:

If you require further information please e-mail

Careers, apprenticeships and college Parents Evening – 30th January, Copthorne Hotel, Aberdeen


Big Parents Eve event

January 30, 2020 5.30pm – 8pm

An opportunity for parents, carers, influencers and young people to

  • find out more about the different sectors and jobs in the region
  • explore how these are changing in the future
  • looking at the key skills young people will need for these new roles
  • speak to young people currently participating in foundation, modern and gradate apprenticeships in different organisations
  • find out about the different pathways into employment
  • ask questions and network with a wide range of organisations

The evening will start with a networking session over an evening buffet with a wide range of stand holders who will include:

  • Developing Young Workforce North East
  • Aberdeen City Council Education Team
  • Aberdeenshire Council Education Team
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • North East Scotland College
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Tullos Training
  • SRUC
  • Aberlour
  • NHS Grampian
  • and other key training providers

Please click on the link for more information and to register for free for this event.


S3-5 Course Choice Consultation 2020 – 2021

The Course Choice Consultation forms are live and can be accessed via the link below for your child’s correct stage.

S3 into S4

S4 into S5

S5 into S6

Pupils can complete the consultation forms at home in discussion with parents / carers but they will also have the opportunity to complete their course choice consultation in school.

Please complete the relevant form above by Wednesday 18th December.

A reminder that parents and carers are invited to the S3 – S5 Parents Course Choice and future Pathways information evening on Thursday 12th December, 6pm – 6:45pm. Please see more information regarding this on the blog post dated 3rd December 2019.

Many thanks.

S3 – S5 Parents’ Course Choice and Future Career Pathways Information Evening – Thursday 12 December 6pm – 6:45pm

Information from North East Scotland College, The Robert Gordon University, Skills Development Scotland and SRUC will be given to highlight flexible routes into employment and to help you to support your child to get “on the right route to the right job, through the right course via the right information”.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will attend and will be available for questions at the end of evening. The Information Evening is likely to finish at 6:45pm.

In order to help us to plan for the evening, I should be grateful if you would complete the reply slip at the URL below. This will automatically register your interest with the school.


Register of Interest

Boccia Festival 2019

Alford Academy hosted a successful Boccia Festival on Wednesday morning in the Community Campus Theatre.  There were 8 teams representing several schools, including Dunecht & Alford primaries, Kemnay Academy, St Andrews School and 2 teams from Alford itself.  Boccia is a game of accuracy and muscle control, and there were some terrific examples of both on show yesterday.

The teams played each other in a round-robin format and all teams managed to secure a couple of victories throughout the morning.  There were some great examples of teamwork and sportsmanship from the Alford pupils, often assisting the other team with collecting the balls or giving them positive feedback after a particularly good shot.  It was great to see the pupils from all schools enjoying themselves and engaging in a fun and friendly sport.

Special thanks to Kerry Barlow for organising the event, and to the senior pupils who helped run it with such enthusiasm & support for the players – Mr McKay’s Prince’s Trust class and Miss Shearer’s Sport Development class.  We’re already looking forward to the next event in Spring.

Alford Community Campus Big Book Swap – Friday 22nd November

Alford Community Campus are holding a community Book Swap  on Friday 22nd November in the community library. The book swap is to encourage reading and literacy and all are welcome to swap an old book for a different one.

Optional donations of £1 to swap your book will be gratefully received to raise money for the Scottish Book Trust.

The event will run from 09:30 – 15:00. We look forward to seeing you there.

Skills Scotland Aberdeen @ P&J LIVE at TECA


11th November 5pm – 7pm

14 – 24 year olds

Free entry

Families and Individuals welcome.

Explore future skills and get work ready at Aberdeen’s largest skills, career and apprenticeship event.

Register online for free tickets at


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